Visited the Runstone Museum where I enjoyed learning about the Kensington Runestone.
Drove past about 1000 lakes and ponds. No, I'm not exaggerating. One county has 1048 lakes.
Visited several wonderful state parks: Lake Carlos, Maplewood, Glendalough, Crow Wing, and Mille Lacs Kathio State Parks. When we've talked to the park rangers this year and in the last few years, they've been discrete, but when we've asked them specific questions about what they are doing in the parks, staffing, improvements, etc. they have told us that the state's budget situation, i.e. priorities, have caused many of these fine parks to cut services, staff, and close buildings. We've seen this first hand in many of the parks.
Since we've become empty nesters, we've set a goal of visiting all the state parks. In these last few years, we've visited 18 parks, but in the last 30 years, we visited 43 of the parks, totally.